November 11, 2016
Location: COP22 Blue Zone - Marrakech, Morocco
Country: Morocco

Access for the 1.1bn without electricity and the 2.9bn without clean cooking presents gender specific dimensions. Women in most developing countries suffer more than men from the implications of energy deficits and energy poverty. Providing access to sustainable energy and clean cooking solutions for the rural poor will reduce exposure to poor air quality and vulnerability to physical and sexual violence. It will mitigate environmental impacts like deforestation, land degradation and climate change. It can liberate women and girls from drudgery and allow time for income-generating opportunities, education and rest or leisure. Moreover, women’s access to and participation in clean energy businesses— and new business models for delivery—will be essential components of success.

The discussion will explore the following questions: How can women organizing drive progress faster and further? What do we know about what’s working today? How can solutions include women in their design and therefore assure success?



  • Alison Abbott, Communications Director, WLPGA (10 mins)
  • Sumi Mehta, Senior Director for Research and Evaluation, Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves (10 mins)
  • Femi Oye, Co-Founder and CEO, SMEFUNDS (10 mins)



  • Tara Shine, Head of Research and Development, Mary Robinson Foundation (tbc)